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Get Your Technology In Shape: An Easy Way to Prioritize IT Gaps

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 1/10/22 1:19 PM

January is a great time to set goals for the New Year!  But don't let this list become a bunch of "shoulds".  Without concrete action, a  goal is just a wish.  Today's local businesses run on technology and must deal with multiple issues including cyberthreats,  competition and regulatory compliance. Therefore, keeping your technology up to date is critical, and a technology audit is the best place to start.

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Tags: small business, small business technology





Technology New Year's Resolution:  Prioritize Your Technology Gaps

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 12/28/21 3:34 PM

Technology fuels local businesses these days, helping them achieve their goals and vision. At the same time, local businesses are also at increased risk for growing cyber threats worldwide – ALL businesses are impacted, not just the big ones that make national news. One of the important foundations of keeping your technology safe is to conduct a security risk assessment each year (at least!).

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Tags: small business, cybersecurity, cybersecurity training, security risk assessment





How to Get Started with an Incident Response Plan

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 12/20/21 11:53 AM

Cybersecurity headlines may sound scary, but it’s important for local businesses to know there are a lot of smart and affordable things you can do to fight back to stay more secure online and increase your chances of surviving a cyber event. A basic security risk assessment can help identify security gaps to remediate, and ongoing employee training will greatly help reduce “clicks” on the wrong things. Preventing problems is a lot less expensive and more effective than responding to an incident, but it’s not possible to eliminate all risk. As a technology service provider, Ekaru has been working with local businesses in the greater Boston area for many years, and having an incident response (IR) plan will make a big difference in your ability to successfully recover after a cyber incident.

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Tags: cybersecurity, cybersecurity training, incident response plan





Cyber Secure?  Beware of Black Friday Scams!

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 11/24/21 4:03 PM

Don't Get Scammed by a Turkey

It’s Thanksgiving week and that also means that the holiday season has officially started!  And just like the holiday season of our youth, this is the time of year when we as adults tend to get caught up in the excitement and the fun of the times, and let our guard down.

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Tags: cybersecurity





Combatting Business eMail Compromise Risks

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 11/22/21 2:28 PM

An old scam that keeps reinventing itself with new victims. Don’t become a victim! 

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Tags: email security, cybersecurity, security awareness training





Cybersecurity: Changes ahead for CMMC will help SMBs

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 11/19/21 3:09 PM

CMMC - Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification - has been a much-discussed topic in cybersecurity this year.  Theft of intellectual property and sensitive information from all industrial sectors as a result of malicious cyber activity threatens economic security and national security. 

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Tags: small business, cybersecurity, CMMC





Why is October Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 10/11/21 1:50 PM

October is time for Halloween, Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, and Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Have you ever wondered why there are so many quirky holidays? National Talk Like Shakespeare Day is celebrated on April 23rd for example. There's also Squirrel Appreciation Day which is on January 21st. It may seem confusing, but this just goes to show how diverse our culture really is!  While it may seem like some of these holidays are a bit silly, one of them is pretty important:  an entire month dedicated to cybersecurity. Now that’s a topic worthy of a holiday!

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Tags: cybersecurity, cybersecurity training





Ekaru Announces Commitment to Global Efforts Advocating for Cybersecurity and Online Behavior Change during Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 9/27/21 4:01 PM

This year’s initiative highlights the growing importance of cybersecurity and encouraging individuals and organizations to take necessary measures to stay safe and secure in an increasingly connected world.

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Tags: cybersecurity, cybersecurity training





Save Time with Computer Keyboard Shortcuts

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 9/20/21 2:06 PM

Spending a few moments to master a few keyboard shortcuts can save you a lot of time navigating your computer. 

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Tags: computer shortcuts, computer keyboard





Cybersecurity:  4 Ways Your Employees Could Be Putting You at Risk

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 9/13/21 5:27 PM

Did you know that the global cost of cyber crimes will go over $2 trillion by 2021? It’s also just not government agencies or large corporations that have to worry about cyber attacks and data breaches. Small businesses are actually the biggest target for cyber criminals because they often have smaller IT teams and less security.

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Tags: cybersecurity, cybersecurity training





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